Ritalin is a mild central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Ritalin is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy (an uncontrollable desire to sleep).
What is Methylphenidate LA?
Methylphenidate hydrochloride, the active ingredient in Ritalin LA (methylphenidate/hydrochloride) extended-release capsules, is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. The mode of therapeutic action in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not known.
What dose does Ritalin come in?
Immediate release tablets including chewable tablets (Ritalin, Methylin, methylphenidate): Initial Dose: 2.5 to 5 mg orally twice daily, taken 30 to 45 minutes before breakfast and lunch. Maintenance dose: Doses may be increased weekly in increments of 5 to 10 mg up to a maximum of 60 mg/day in 2 or 3 divided doses.
What is the drug Ritalin used for?
Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control. Ritalin is used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy.
What is the drug Ritalin made of?
Ritalin is the common name for methylphenidate, classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic—the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines.1 It is abused by teens for its stimulant effects.
Can Ritalin tablets be crushed?
Your child should not chew the tablet. Medikinet® and Ritalin ® tablets can be crushed and mixed with a small amount of soft food such as yogurt, honey or jam. Make sure your child swallows it all straight away, without chewing. You must not crush any of the XL (modified-release) tablets, as they will not work properly.